Chris Salter (US/CA/QC) in Collaboration with Marije Baalman (NL) and Harry Smoak (US)
Just Noticeable Difference (JND) is a sensory environment for one person at a time lying in total darkness. The installation is based on Gustav Fechner’s concept of the Just Noticeable Difference: the ability to perceptually detect the smallest changes in sensory stimuli. During a set time period, visitors experience an extraordinarily wide range of visual, auditory and tactile sensations that challenge how we perceive the smallest degrees of change in sensory stimuli over different levels of intensities. Just Noticeable Difference explores the gaps in seeing, hearing and feeling, the fluctuation of noise and order and the play between sensation and sense making directly taking place at the level of bodily experience
Chris Salter is an artist, Associate Professor for Design + Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and a researcher with the Hexagram Institute. Salter studied economics and philosophy at Emory University and received his Ph.D. in the areas of theater and computer-generated sound from Stanford University. He was also visiting professor at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the KhM in Cologne, Germany. After collaborating with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Ballett Frankfurt, he co-founded and directed the art and research organization Sponge (1997-2003). His solo and collaborative work has been seen at major international exhibitions including the Venice Architecture Biennale, Ars Electronica, Villette Numerique, EMPAC, Meta.Morf, Mois Multi, Transmediale, EXIT Festival, Place des Arts Montréal, Elektra, Todays Art, PACT Zollverein, Shanghai Dance Festival, and V2_, among many others. He is the author Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010).